Hamish Rutherford hits 90 for New Zealand XI but England hit back in Queenstown

Last Updated: 28/02/13 9:38pm

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Hamish Rutherford did his best to frustrate England during the second day of their tour match against a New Zealand XI in Queenstown.

Rutherford, pushing hard for a Test debut, had been a thorn in England's side as he helped the hosts to 224-6 at stumps - still 202 runs behind the tourists.

The opener finished with 90, with his knock coming off 149 deliveries and including 13 fours and a six.

However England's attack, which had struggled to make in-roads into the New Zealand innings early on, were able to wrestle back control of the match by the close.

Graeme Swann got the first breakthrough when he trapped Tom Latham leg before with the first ball of the afternoon session, while Carl Cachopa managed just six before he was caught by the off-spinner at second slip when Stuart Broad found some extra bounce.

Neil Broom (14) started confidently but was run out by a direct hit from Kevin Pietersen after being called through for a single by Rutherford.

Crucial

However Rutherford went some way to making amends as he and Dean Brownlie attempted to steer New Zealand towards a testing total.

They put on 81 for the fourth wicket before Rutherford was sent back to the pavilion, Chris Woakes claiming the crucial scalp.

Brownlie had batted patiently for 63 off 149 balls, but he was undone by the part-time medium pace of Jonathan Trott, with Matt Prior holding the catch behind the stumps.

Jimmy Neesham then failed to trouble the scorers as he fell for a four-ball duck, Swann trapping him leg before to bring the day's play to a halt, leaving England as the happier of the two sides.

Earlier, England were finally dismissed for 426 - with Ian Bell the last man out for 158.

The tourists had added another 69 for their last three wickets. Bell finished with 23 fours from 233 balls, and Broad (14) and Swann (27) also bagged some handy runs.

Neil Wagner took two of the wickets to fall to finish with figures of 4-98.

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